Saturday, 29 November 2008
About Knysna Yacht Club
The name Knysna is a Khoi word that has been translated to mean "place of wood", "fern leaves" and "straight down" an obvious reference to the famous Knysna Heads. The Heads must be one of the most eye-catching geological features along the southern African coastline. They flank a deep channel through which the sea pours in, flooding the wide and spectacular lagoon at the mouth of the Knysna River.
Founded in 1910, Knysna Yacht Club is renowned for its hospitality and world-class facilities. Sailors passing through the Heads have a safe navigable lagoon in which to moor their yachts while visiting Knysna and the surrounding region. The lagoon is a playground for holiday makers where one can enjoy water sports, sailing, sunset cruises and lagoon fishing
Asche's Cabin is annexed to the Knysna Yacht Club and is ideally situated on the Lagoon. The cabin consists of two bedrooms, lounge, kitchen. dining area (open plan) and full bathroom. It is fully equipped and bedding as well as towels are provided.
Hisory of Asche's Cabin
The Yacht Club was founded on the 31st August 1910 in a meeting at the Knysna Magisterial courtroom held by the Assistant Magistrate, Aschelon de Smidt, together with ten prospective members.
Asche de Smidt designed the Club burgee, which remains unaltered to this day, and the first clubhouse was built for the sum of £176.10 and all credit goes to the contractor, as this same building, after 89 years remains much in its original form alongside the present Clubhouse. The external timber is in fact yellowwood.
Asche de Smidt maintained strong links with the Yacht Club and was Commodore for a total of fifteen years ending 1948; he was president from 1948 - 1950.
As membership grew over the years, the need for a new clubhouse was evident. The present Clubhouse was built in 1971 at the cost of R14 000.00, whilst the old Clubhouse was converted into a cottage for the Club Manager, where previous Managers resided until 1992.
It was decided to renovate the cottage and let it out as holiday accommodation to assist with Club funds.
An official opening of the cottage was held in December 1992 and it was only fitting that the cottage should be named after the founder, Asche de Smidt; the opening ceremony was performed by Asche's daughter, Elaine Steytler.
The logo of the TBA Cape Town
Cape Towns Grainger Bay,once the merchant marine training college named General Botha,training still takes place but the main complex area is now called The Water Club and is a very upmarket residential development,the marina in front is really nice but private.
Thats Miles in the pink jacket,with his wife Pippa standing next to him,Karl Stremple off Halloween is about to grab yet another large Castle beer and Robbin Ellis off Pinta,is standing by trying to talk Karl out of it,I think Robbin lost that discussion?
We had some great boats and people in the TBA (traditional boat asscociation) in the early days,as with many we knew,some have left and many have sailed away,its a part of what we do but its always sad to see good friends sail away (customers too) The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town is famous for many things,street entertainment is one of them,they had a highly skilled gorilla who played a saxaphone like a star but who was he? For the first time (you saw it here first) I can now name the gorilla was actually Miles (paul) McGrevy,a talented musician who used to play for the BBC in Great Britain,Miles was also an artist,it was he who carved the four Dragon Boat heads and tails for The Old Mutual,when they sponsered the Dragon Boats here in Cape Town.
One picture starts a series it would seem,I posted the picture of Romance and Red Pepper,taken some thirty two (32) years back,then thought 'I wonder where she is now?' this is from her web site:
The Brigantine Romance started her life in the Ring Anderson Shipyard, designed for the Greenland trade. In 1965 she was purchased to be used in Mitchener's movie Hawaii. Rerigged by Commander Alan Villiers, she became a faithful re-creation of an 1800's vessel. After her stint in the movie, she was laid up, awaiting a new owner. Captain & Mrs. Kimberly were looking for a vessel to call home. When they found out about the brigantine in Hawaii, it did not take long to make the deal. They had found a vessel that would serve them and their guests well for many years.
Kimberly's purchase Romance
1st Virgin Island Season
1st World Cruise
2nd World Cruise
Quebec Parade of Sail
Romance's 50th Anniversary
Romance's 20th Cruise Year
Movie "Pieter von Schulton"
Movie "Amazing Grace"
ex Romance scuttled
LADY OF THE SEA
Dutch Piracy in the Caribbean
Tall Ship on the Spanish Main
Old Spice (3)
Cutty Sark (2)
Over the years, the 90' Romance (110' overall) completed two world circumnavigations and at least five seperate trips to the South Pacific. They spent twenty plus years carrying guests in the Virgin Islands and on Down-Island trips. Capt. Kimberly, who holds the unique distinction of dual Master's papers, Master of Sail and Master of Steam, ran a tight ship, teaching his crew the art of marlinspike seamanship and a love of squarerigged sailing ships. Many of his crew went on to become Masters in their own right, sailing aboard some of the greatest sailing ships on the sea today. If you do a search for the Romance on the net, you'll meet some of these amazing people.
Mrs. Kimberly, Gloria, was always at Skipper's side, dividing her time between sail handling, ship maintenance and caring for crew and guests. From a galley not much larger than a closet, came a steady flow of great meals. She shopped the local markets and provided meals that were both delicious and hearty. Throughout her travels, she continued to take notes and draw the amazing things they saw in over 25 years of exploration. She is now in the process of writing a book on the Romance, an odyssey of years of travel aboard a very special ship. The story of her and Skipper, the way they met and their wedding in the South Pacific itself seems like the stuff of dreams.....but all true.
One can not help but admire their life of dedication to the Romance and the incredible experiences they had during their world and South Pacific Cruises. Today in the sterilized world of cruise ships and antiseptic accommodations demanded by pampered travelers, the Romance stood in stark contrast. The care, maintenance and sailing of a square-rigged vessel is nothing short of Herculean. The Kimberlys took the back-breaking work in stride. They fought unbelievable battles against Mother Nature and came out all but unscathed.
The Romance was a true working vessel of the 1800's. No plastic parts or mechanized amenities. That was they way they wanted it to be. Hemp and canvas, not nylon and plastic. Passengers stepped onto the deck and into a time machine that would change their lives. The Romance was comfortable and sound. She visited ports-of-call that today would be nearly impossible to visit, including repeated visits to Pitcairn Island where the Kimberlys and crew became close friends with the descendants of the Bounty.
Today the Romance lies submerged, scuttled after being severely damaged by hurricane Luis. There will never be another Romance. I could have told you about technical specs and cruises, but to me, the essence of the Romance was the spirit. All who sailed aboard as guests and the hardy young crew who learned the ropes aboard this ship would likely agree. I look forward to buying a copy of the book that Gloria is writing. It will tell all in her wonderful descriptive and expressive style; say all and be the final word on the life of a truly extraordinary ship.
For an exceptional history of the BRIGANTINE ROMANCE, written by Capt. Dan Moreland, visit his article on the August Reunion at the American Sail Training Association website.
In closing, I would like to include for you the letter which the Kimberlys sent out, announcing the loss of their beloved Romance. Here her words speak of this loss and the passing of the Romance. If you are moved by the sight of squaresails, if you long to find a way to examine your own life and learn about yourself while under the spell of brigantine time travel, then look towards the few privately owned ships that sail today. You may find the same magic I found aboard the brigantine Romance.
ROMANCE ex GRETHE
1936 - 1995
The Brigantine Romance, our seagoing home for 23 years, and 125,000 miles of deepwater voyaging, is no more. She suffered extensive structural damage from Hurricane Luis, while laid up in West End, Tortola; and she was scuttled. Her last owner, Morgan Sanger, had spent several years rebuilding her, and planned to bring her to the Great Lakes next summer. It was not to be.
Romance was a wonderfully seaworthy ship. It was marvelous to see her riding out Hurricane Klaus, well south-east of Bermuda in 1984. Though hove to in the wildest seas imaginable, she took almost no solid water on deck. Ironic then, that she was wrecked in a "safe" harbor. Luis did the unthinkable, unleashing its full fury into West End -- from the west. Romance lay tied to a makeshift dock, without her engine, anchors, even her steering gear...
Romance (the Grethe) was built as a galeas (Baltic Trader), by the renowned J. Ring Anderson Shipyard in Svendborg, Danmark in 1936. She traded in the North Sea, Baltic and as far north as Iceland. We know that once, as a three year old vessel, she was caught in the ice, and narrowly escaped.
In 1965, sea author Alan Villiers, converted her to an authentic 1840 brigantine, to star with Julie Andrews in James Michener's epic film "Hawaii". The conversion won a Danish industry award; and she has been called the loveliest of the smaller square riggers.
Romance was our only home from 1966 to 1989. Together we sailed extensively through the South Pacific, and twice around the world. She carried stuns'ls --the extra wings of the clipper ship era, as she does in the photo above--for 26 straight days crossing the South Atlantic in 1977, a modern record which may never be broken. Her Caribbean cruises gave thousands a chance, if they wished, to "pull braces" before the mast in square rig. She made boys into men; Masters and Mates of many of todays sailing vessels. They are her finest legacy.
Along with ship lovers everywhere, we will mourn her passing.
Arthur & Gloria Kimberly
Back to the Top Back to the Brigantine Romance
Romance and Red Pepper in Table Bay,photo(damaged) by Roy McBride
Rarely have two most different boats been so close,the brigantine is Romance,she was on one of her regular visits to Cape Town,the crew were a mixture of permanent crew,backed up with students from all walks of life,never have I seen such a happy bunch of people.I took this picture from the deck of the Ingrid 38 Brer Terrapin,a well known double ender that was designed by William Atkin, built I believe in Johannesburg.The IOR yacht next to Romance is Red Pepper,a Peterson 33,she has a sister ship called Black Pepper,a boat that has won many regattas in Cape Town due to the very carefull way she was constructed,the laminate was really mean when it came to the amount of polyester resin in her,she floats inches higher than most Peterson 33 yachts.
Friday, 28 November 2008
The very same Shearwater 39 being launched in Hout Bay Harbour,its name is Sheer Tenacity
Riley 1500 as new and ready to take the bride and her father to the church
Left click on the picture for a great large scale view
Riley 1500 wants a new home and a restoration
If you look closely you will see a beautifull pair of ladies,one is just a pile of plastic and goes by the name of Shearwater 39,the other is a Riley RMA (it might be the RME?)it dates to 1951 and had a 1500cc engine.Just check the top picture to see what it looked like new.
Riley RMA 1951 Riley RMA decorated for use as a wedding car
Successor Riley RME
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
Engine(s) 1.5 L Straight-4
The RMA was the first post-war Riley. It used the 1.5 L engine and was equipped with hydro-mechanical brakes and an independent suspension using torsion bars in front. The frame was made of wood in the English tradition, and the car featured traditional styling. The car was capable of reaching 75 mph (121 km/h). The RMA was produced from 1945 until 1952 when it was replaced by the RME
This load of plys,41 sheets of it,is really well secured under Andrews adjustable trailer rack
Left click on any of the pictures to view in a larger size and better detail
Andrew does 'minor' adjustments
Andrew and his self made rack
A new customer, his name is Andrew, bought a load of 6mm BS 1066 marine ply from us this week,he collected it on his Jurgens two wheel road trailer,which is quite small and normally would be near useless for the task but not with the ingenious home made trailer rack that Andrew thought up and made himself,check it out,it adjusts and clamps the plys down to secure them.The plys will be used to skin the Hartley 37 yacht hull that Andrew has built on his own,a nice job for the seasonal holiday we will have soon,we will post his pictures at a later time.
It looks a fair bit colder than it gets in Cape Town and Uppington?
Before the snows closed in,they were totaly ice bound in the end
It all depends where you live,it was about 34c here the last day or so,Uppington further inland was 38c ,so we are lucky,I wonder what temprature it went down to in the artic circle when Annie and Trevour wintered over on Iorn Horse?
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Well we suspect not,they go back to Chaucers time (who?) he will have a Garmin twelve channel GPS and plotter as a minimum I would think,so whats an Astrolabe? here we go.
The astrolabe (from Greek astrolabon, 'star-catcher') was by far the most efficient astronomical instrument used during the Middle Ages. This small (usually half a dozen inches in diameter) disk-like object was a form of a mechanical map of the celestial sphere adjustable to the observer's position on the Earth and a particular date. It enabled even an amateur astronomer to make plenty of otherwise complicated astronomical calculations quickly.
There were three basic kinds of the instrument: one-, two- and three-dimensional, ie. linear, planispheric and spherical respectively (Reidy 1987: 1093). The commonest one and the one described by Chaucer was a planispheric astrolabe, which depicted the stereographic projection of the sky on the equator.
The instrument was so versatile in its applications that it is sometimes refered to as a form of an early analogue computer. According to Morrison (2004; the source quoted below), a 10th-century Arabian scholar, Abdal-Rahmân b. Umar al-Sufî, described in his work on the astrolabe as many as 1000 of its uses. The flexibility of the instrument was rather overestimated by that author but nevertheless the possibilities of making use of it were very numerous. Most typically, it was employed to indicate the positions of celestial bodies relative to the horizon and to the meridian, to tell time, to measure the length of the day or season or to determine the directions of the world. It was possible to calculate the heights of buildings or mountains or the distance between two objects with the help of an astrolabe. Its simplified version served seamen as a navigation tool.
In A Treatise on the Astrolabe Chaucer explains in detail how the astrolabe can be used, for instance,:
To fynde the degre in which the sonne is day by day, after his cours aboute.
To knowe the altitude of the sonne or of othre celestial bodies.
To knowe every tyme of the day by light of the sonne; and every tyme of the nyght by the sterres fixe; and eke to knowe by nyght or by day the degre of eny signe that ascendith on the est orisonte, which that is clepid comounly the ascendent, or ellis horoscopum.
To knowe which day is lik to which day as of lengthe.
To knowe the degrees of longitudes of fixe sterres after that they be determynat in thin Astrelabye, yf so be that thei be trewly sette.
To knowe with which degre of the zodiak eny sterre fix in thin Astrelabie arisith upon the est orisonte, all though his dwellyng be in another signe.
To knowe the declinacioun of eny degre in the zodiak fro the equinoxiall cercle.
To prove evidently the latitude of eny place in a regioun by the preve of the height of the pool artik in that same place.
To knowe justly the 4 quarters of the world, as Est, West, North, and South.
Although the hayday of the astrolabe were later Middle Ages, its history can be traced as far back as to the times of Hipparch of Nicaea (ca. 190-125 BC), who advanced the theory of the stereographic projection and thus laid strong foundations for the development of the instrument (Morrison 2004). The machine which is said to have been the precursor of the device was probably known already to Ptolemy. It was developed and refined by the scholars of the Middle East from where it was introduced into Europe in the 11th century.
An interesting and much more detailed description of the astrolabe, its history, principles of its working, uses, etc., supplemented with pictures, is available on the excellent websites:
http://astrolabes.org/ by James E. Morrison
http://www.math.ubc.ca/~cass/courses/m309-01a/montero/math309project.html by Laura Jamieson and Maria Montero
Thus, I see no need to repeat it here.
Think of a place far from the madding crowd, think of a place where heritage and nature are in harmony, think of a place with warm and friendly people .. think no more ... come and see for yourself.
Hout Bay Harbour,not far from the HBYC (hout bay yacht club) on a perfect morning last April.Thats the owner/skipper Gregory sitting in the cockpit in the red jacket,left click on the picture to enlarge it for more detail.CKD Boats supplied Superform bending plywoods to this boat to help Nebe Yachts fit it out.
Merlin is tied to the dockside,while Flying Cloud,a Dix Design Dix 43' in ply/epoxy is alongside Merlin.
We supplied the boat on the left,its a locally designed and built Dean 44', with some Fluid Film just before they departed from Cape Town to St Helena island, in the South Atlantic.They are a family of five,the children are quite small and as the voyage,their very first trip offshore,is some 1740 nautical miles,its quite an undertaking for the parents in what is a new boat, having been launched only about nine months back at the HBYC marina.Yesterday I received this sat phone message:
Thanks for your help. We are well on our way to St Helene with about
250NM to go.
The rudder stocks are squeeking a lot. One point is the joint between
the top of the tube and the top bush. Which spray should I
use, I have your Fluid film, silicon spray, WD40, marine grease, silicon
This was my reply and advise:
Thanks for your mail,I hope its been a nice easy and fast passage,let me
You seem to have a good choice of lubricants! the silicon spray will be too
thin to do much,same with the WD40,tests show that only 20% of whats in the
can is usable product,the rest is attomiser and disapears! the marine and
silicon grease will do a good job but you need to dismantle the bearings to
apply that,so use the Fluid Film,it will penetrate crevices and is thick
enough to do the job and stay in place,it will actually soak in to plastic
or bronze bearings,possibly you need to strip things down when you
arrive,then re pack with grease? let me know the outcome.
This was Gregorys mail reply this morning:
Thanks for the reply. I tried the Fluid Film and it worked so we will
sleep a little better tonight.
We had a windy start to the trip for the first four days then the wind
was patchy with us needing to motor for a third of the time and now
finally we have some wind again and should be at St Helene on Thursday.
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Left click on the picture to view FULL (very) size.
A new power boat for our design portfolio is the Mushulu 14' ,its penned by Mark Bowdidge in Austraila,in the next week we will do the costings to this boat and have it ready for orders and shipping world wide.
Flying Cloud,the model
Flying Cloud (Clipper)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Clipper Ship "Flying Cloud" off the Needles, Isle of Wight, by James E. Buttersworth, 1859-60.The Flying Cloud of 1851 was the most famous of the extreme clippers built by Donald McKay in East Boston, Massachusetts, intended for Enoch Train of Boston, who paid $50,000 for her construction.
The Flying Cloud was purchased at launching by Grinnell, Minturn & Co., of New York, for $90,000, which represented a huge profit for Train & Co. Within six weeks she sailed from New York and made San Francisco 'round Cape Horn in 89 days, 21 hours under the command of Captain Josiah Perkins Creesy. On July 31, during the trip, she made 374 miles in 24 hours. In 1853 she beat her own record by 13 hours, a record that stood until 1989 when the breakthrough-designed sailboat Thursday's Child completed the passage in 80 days, 20 hours. The record was once again broken 2008 by the French racing yacht Gitana 13 with a time of 43 days and 38 minutes.
In the early days of the California Gold Rush, it took more than 200 days for a ship to travel from New York to San Francisco, a voyage of more than 16,000 miles. The Flying Cloud's more-than-halving that time (only 89 days) was a headline-grabbing world record that the ship itself beat three years later, setting a record that lasted for 136 years.
The Flying Cloud's achievement was remarkable under any terms. But, writes David W. Shaw, it was all the more unusual because its navigator was a woman, Eleanor Creesy, who had been studying oceanic currents, weather phenomena, and astronomy since her girlhood in Marblehead, Massachusetts. She was one of the first navigators to exploit the insights of Matthew Fontaine Maury, most notably the course recommended in his Sailing Directions. With her husband, ship captain Josiah Perkins Creesy, she logged many thousands of miles on the ocean, traveling around the world carrying passengers and goods. In the wake of their record-setting transit from New York to California, Eleanor and Josiah became instant celebrities. But their fame was short-lived and their story quickly forgotten. Josiah died in 1871 and Eleanor lived far from the sea until her death in 1900.
On June 19, 1874 the Flying Cloud went ashore on the Beacon Island bar, St. John's, Newfoundland, and was condemned and sold. The following June she was burned for the scrap metal value of her copper and metal fastenings. 
A reporter for the Boston Daily Atlas of April 25, 1851 wrote, "If great length [235 ft.], sharpness of ends, with proportionate breadth [41 ft.] and depth, conduce to speed, the Flying Cloud must be uncommonly swift, for in all these she is great. Her length on the keel is 208 feet, on deck 225, and over all, from the knight heads to the taffrail, 235 — extreme breadth of beam 41 feet, depth of hold 21½, including 7 feet 8 inches height of between-decks, sea-rise at half floor 20 inches, rounding of sides 6 inches, and sheer about 3 feet."
Left click on the picture for a better view
That green schooner in a blog prior to this one,was at the same event as these two,its todays picture and a really good close up of what these boats are all about,the one to the left of the picture is Irish but the event was in the USA on the east coast.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
With an unknown on looker,Errol and Cheryl Berhens prepare to strip my Max Prop to re-pitch it to more suitable pitch as recomended by Fred of PYI Inc,thanks for the advice Fred!
Flying Clouds Max Prop Classic 18" two blade propellor,it had just been repitched by my good friend Erroll Behrens,he worked out the reference marks positions as given by Fred of PYI Industries USA.
Max Prop two bladed Classic
This company is based in the USA but from what I have personally found,is quite prepared to assist buyers or those requiring only information on their products,even if they reside offshore.eight years back my good friend Notty,gave me an 18" twin bladed Max Prop ( i told you he was a good friend) the local agents could not really tell me how to pitch it correctly to my Perkins 4108 diesel,so I sent a mail to PYI inc and by return,Fred sent me all I needed to know.This week another friend needed similar information but on a 24" twin blade and a 100hp turbo diesel Yanmar,I asked him to try Fred at PYI inc and again,Fred came up with the goods,thanks Fred and PYI inc for super service!
Taken from PYI inc web site:
PYI Inc. is one of the premier manufacturers and distributors of high quality marine, boat, yacht, and ship equipment and supplies.
Founded in 1981, PYI takes great pride in quickly responding to our customers ideas and needs. All of us at PYI have not forgotten that without you, our customer, PYI does not exist.
Our goal is to provide quality, innovative marine equipment with an unsurpassed level of customer service and satisfaction.
Dave is a good friend and fellow member of the RCYC,he bought a set of Didi 34 plans before Dudley Dix went over to the USA,Dave is now building his boat,we supplied materials as he required.Dave has a proffesional helping him but suspected that the normal type of scales and measuring our epoxy glues out,would just confuse him,so Dave designed his own set of fulcrum scales based on our epoxy mix ratio,which is 100grams epoxy to 65 grams of which ever cure agent we have supplied.The clever thing is once set up and balanced to zero,you can put what ever amount of epoxy on one side,as all is then needed is to balance the center pointer with cure agent,thanks Dave!
Monday, 24 November 2008
Didi 38 bulkheads being set in place,left click to view the picture full size and see the details.
Tom is doing one of our Didi 38 kits,he has taken a little more time to mark out and attatch cleats where the internal joinery will finally be installed,all joinery positions are ready marked on the designers plans,so you can easily fit them once the bulkheads are glued together,check them out,please also notice the important central and overhead line,you will see a plumbob hanging down near the rear bulkhead,this can easily be moved along the overhead line for checking center lines as you work,a very simple solution.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
Mark,with his daughter and a good catch of the day,click on the picture to view full size.
Mark contacted me last week,would we like to handle his designs as far as offering them as CNC cut kits? It took no time at all to view his web pages and realise that Mark has many new designs that do not clash with what we already offer,so Mark has now joined our world wide team of tallented yacht designers,welcome aboard Mark!
Some background information,taken from the Tom Fexas Yacht Design (TFYD) ,USA,web site.
In order to gain the skills needed for such an influential career, Tom took the Westlawn course in yacht and boat design, in addition to his engineering degree from SUNY Maritime. As his office grew and projects piled up, Westlawn continued as one of the principle sources for design talent. TFYD has employed the following Westlawn alumni: Tom Fexas, Jay Coyle, George Rodzon, Earl Alfaro, Stuart Kityama, Nick DiMatteo and Mark Bowdidge.
April 29, 2008 Annapolis, MD: Over the past four decades, Tom Fexas Yacht Design (TFYD) has repeatedly turned to the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology for first-rate design talent. Most recently, Westlawn alumnus Mark Bowdidge, was placed at TFYD making an incredible seven Westlawn alumni to be employed there
Sailing around the world takes on the term working your passage.
View from aloft
These sailing ships do not fix or paint themselves,each and every crew member has to work to look after the boat,it may just be cleaning or paint work but it has to be done,its a daily routine.
This sailing boat has been to the cape many times,normally she will take the option to use the Syncro Lift in Cape Towns working harbour,befriended many years back by the TBA (traditional boat asscociation)she normally hosts a visitors day just for TBA members,CKD Boats quoted on new yard arms in oregon pine,the wood alone was over R500,000,we never got that order!